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Monday, 27 November 2017

Can The Referee Always Be Right?

I write this for my writing test and I only had 45 minutes to do it. Hope you enjoy!

You have all been to a sports game, right? Either a friends game, you younger brothers or your own. If you have, then do you ever remember a referee making a good call? No, probably not. But of course, you remember all the bad calls. That’s the thing about being a referee. No one remembers the good things you do but they always remember the bad things. If you don’t believe this, then type up worst referee calls ever. It comes up with so much stuff! But then if you type up best referee calls ever, all it comes up with is bad calls.

Hi, my name is Sinead and I am talking about referees and how they can’t always be right. Whatever a referee does, he or she is still going to do something wrong. They can’t help it. Even if the call is right, one side will be happy… while the other side won’t be. They have to go with their gut instinct, but what if a player is blocking their path? Or they are standing in the wrong place? An example of this is once in a soccer world cup, someone shot a goal, it hit the top of the goal… bounced on the goal… and bounced back out. He had to rely on what he saw but he was standing right in front of the goal so he couldn’t see! After that, he was sacked and came down as one of the worst referees in history. Was it his fault that he couldn’t see? No. There should be more cameras recording the game, and if the referee is stuck on a call, they should be able to rely on the camera.

Another example of this is when, in a women's basketball game, someone took a shot and fell over by the force of it, and just a few milliseconds before that, a person from the other team rushed past and the ref thought it was a foul.

If you are a referee and you haven’t done anything wrong, ever, then you must either be a superman, or you’re just plain lying. No matter what you do, 50% of people will like your call and 50% won’t. You can’t change that, just do what you can do.

I hope that by reading this, you will think about the troubles that referees go through and if you have ever seen or heard a ref make a bad call, just remember that it is not the referee's fault and once he or she makes the call, they can’t change it.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Nuclear Free New Zealand

Nuclear Free New Zealand

You all know that New Zealand's nuclear free, right? But do you know how it happened? In the 1984-1989, David Russell Lange was the Prime Minister and, to put it simply, he HATED nuclear power.

So what he did was, first get his word out to the public and there was a huge debate on it. Many people have said that the debate was like the “David and Goliath story. New Zealand I David and the USA is Goliath. Everyone was surprised when we won and we became nuclear free.You might be thinking that, without nuclear power, we can’t defend ourselves if there is a WWIII, but we can. Even though the USA did not at all agree with us going nuclear free, they are still our allies and they will protect us if we will be attacked. I am really glad that New Zealand has no nuclear power. We don’t like it that much, that if a USA ship comes near us, even if it has only a little bit of nuclear power, we have to send them straight back.

I hope you believe me that it is good that we are nuclear free.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Haast-Hollyford road

The Haast-Hollyford road

Before I start writing, I would like to say that I do not agree with the supporters of the road and I am taking the perspective of another person with another view. I would also like to say that I only got a really short time to do this.



Everyone loves the view of the Fiordland park, right? Well now lots of people want a road to go through it. There are good things about this like-
  • We will be able to get to it easier.
  • More tourists will come to see it and we will get much more money.
  • Everybody will be able to see the most beautiful place in New Zealand.
Of course, there will be some bad things like it like-
  • It’s more accessible so more people can go and throw rubbish in it.
  • It could ruin the view.
Sure, it might be bad in a few ways, but if you don’t think that you will want or need it now, in the future, you might find yourself on it. It is a possibility. It is estimated that 98 km of new road will be constructed through wilderness and the Fiordland National Park.

I hope that you will take my point of view as the road could be very useful to you in the future.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Rainbow Warrior Bombing

The Rainbow Warrior Bombing

Before I start writing, I would like to say that if I was alive when it happened, I would not have been supporting the French Government but for this task, my name was called out to support them.



At just before midnight, July 1985, at the Mururoa Island, the French decided that they wanted to test a nuclear bomb just in case the WWIII (nuclear war) came and they wanted to be prepared. They thought that just because they owned the Mururoa Island, they could set up a nuclear bomb, but there was some people that stood in their way. The Rainbow Warrior from New Zealand didn’t like that idea so whenever they wanted to test it, they ship would sail over to disrupt them. Why would they do that? It was not their place to stand in the way.

In my opinion (as a French agent), the Rainbow Warrior should not have done that as it lead to the bombing of the ship and the death of a Portuguese crew member. It was soon discovered that two French Secret Services agents were the two people that bombed them. Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart were arrested on 24 July. Both were charged with murder and pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to 10 years in prison which lead to the embarrassment of the French Government. It was not their fault that they killed the man but they did mean to bomb them so they would have no choice but to leave.

One of the reasons that the Rainbow Warrior was so mad about the bombing of the Mururoa Island, was because New Zealand owns an Island near the soon-to-be-blown-up Island. The radiation from the explosion lead to many people getting sick from eating the contaminated fish.

Just remember, was it really the French fault for all the people getting sick?

Monday, 16 October 2017

1981: The Springbok Tour

1981: The Springbok Tour

I am a protester and I don’t think the rugby game should go ahead because, for starters, I really don’t get why the Springbok players think that they are better than all the other Maori players in the All Blacks. If they didn’t want to play the Maori people, then they shouldn’t have played at all. Why did the Springboks even have the permission to take out certain players? Just imagine if you were the best player in your whole team but you were even part Maori, and you had to sit out of the game because of it, what would you do? Can you even imagine that?

In my opinion no-one should have ever have let the Springboks into our country. You might be wondering what was so bad about this tour. The Springboks, whenever they play against a team, they took out all the coloured people in the team, all the other countries went along with this rule but the New Zealanders said “NO”, well half of us anyway. The Protesters didn’t want the game to go on while all the Rugby Supporters wanted was to watch a game. I my opinion, the Rugby supporters didn’t care about the Maori players and that is bad in its own way.

The fight was chaos. Police on one side, holding batons and there see-through shields and the protesters with their bike helmets to protect their heads and their own shields. One police said, “it was “sheer luck” that nobody even got killed that day.

I reckon that it was terrible for the Springboks to take out certain players because of their colour, after all it was not their fault they were born like that, and I think it was terrible for everybody else to go along with it. And this is why I and a protester.